Community planting at Diamond Lake

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.

 

Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.

 

Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.

 

CALENDAR

As of the 8th of September, our nursery and planting sessions

will resume, following the rules of alert level 2

If you have queries contact us, info@tekakano.org.nz

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday

Times:

October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Nursery sessions are canceled on rainy days.

Please note the changes in the way the nursery sessions will be run under alert level 2:

  • Nursery sessions will be limited to 10 volunteers

  • Registration is required before attending a nursery session.  You can register via email or via our Facebook page. You can only attend the nursery if you have received a confirmation from us.

  • Scan the QR code or register upon arrival

  • Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours before hand

  • Bring your own gloves, face mask if you would like to wear one, drinking vessel and food

  • Leave your pack, etc in the designated storage area and use the hand sanitizer available

  • Maintain physical distancing, keeping 2+ metres between yourself and others

  • Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session

  • Help us protect the community and yourself by following our new practices

  • Please, understand that we respect your decision to stay away if you feel at risk and we will welcome you back when you return

  • Wash your hands. We have 2 hand washing stations

  • We may cancel a nursery session at short notice, we will advise you by email and Facebook (and please remember that nursery sessions are generally canceled on rainy days)

Access to the nursery is through the QEII Reserve, either through the gate or over the nursery stile.

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

The last planting of the season will be at Wishbone Falls on the 9th October 2021 from 10am to 12pm.

 

This planting is part of the Wānaka Water project led by WAI Wānaka.

We will plant 300 native plants.

Directions: The planting site is located about 48km from Wānaka on Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road (allow about an hour from town). Park near the DOC sign for the walking track to the Wishbone Waterfall.

We will share a morning tea to celebrate everyone's work and the end of the planting season.

Please note the changes in the way the planting sessions will be run under alert level 2:

  • Planting sessions will be limited to 30 volunteers

  • Registration is required before attending a planting session. You can register via email or via our Facebook page.

  • Scan the QR code or register upon arrival

  • Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours before hand

  • Bring your own gloves, face mask if you would like to wear one, drinking vessel and food. Sorry we won't be organising a morning tea :(

  • Maintain physical distancing, keeping 2+ metres between yourself and others

  • Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session

  • Help us protect the community and yourself by following our new practices

  • Please, understand that we respect your decision to stay away if you feel at risk and we will welcome you back when you return


You can register now for the planting session, just click here!

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on the 14th April 2021 at 4.30pm.

The 2020 financial statements are available here, and here is the annual report.

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